Okay friends and neighbors, it’s day 2 of the read-a-thon and I just finished The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson. I have to tell you, this book was delectable! The book discusses so many different aspects of psychology that I just found fascinating. It included; Scientologist views (very anti-mental health care), criminal profilers, psychopathy in the incredibly successful (i.e. CEO’s, Career Military, Politicians, etc.) the Bare Method, mental institutes – I could go on and on. I never believed I could be so naive of how the industry works and the subtle nuances of how mental health is evaluated.
I suck at reviewing books (I’d rather talk about them and inevitably spoil them) so I guess I will just say this: If you enjoy non-fiction books that; make you squirm, make you think and generally keep you reading even though you know you’re starving then pick this puppy up!
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5 Stars!! – Well, they’re hearts but you get the point.
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“You’re the One That I Want” Participation Post
- List your must-have summer reading (the ones you read over and over again) or give us some of your favorite recommended summer reads.
Summer is a fantastic time for reading, the days nice and long and the sun refueling me from a long winter. I tend to read books I haven’t read in the summer, eager and ready to venture into new and exciting places. I save my favorite for the long winter months when the books are as comforting as a knitted blanket and a cup of tea. For the sake of this read-a-thon I will give you a list of a few books that I can read over, and over, and over, and over again and again!
- The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss – First romance novel I ever read and I will admit it, I bet I’ve read it more than 10 times…all 600 pages of it.
- The Stand & It by Stephen King – Comfort food, book style. These rather epic tomes feel like coming home to family the characters are so vivid. Sometimes, being reminded that humanity and the belief in magic is not lost is what the doctor ordered. What can I say? I am a Stephen King fan.
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – Every time I open this book, with its warning “This is not for you” I am once again reminded that not everything has already been done. The style, format and narrative is so unlike anything I have ever read before, and every time I read it I discover something new.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – This is the newest to the collection. I’ve read it twice already and seem to itch to want to read it again. Working in the ICU all through school, life with illness resonates very deeply with me and this is a heartbreakingly beautiful book.
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Getting bored yet? NO! There is still so much more good to come….although Max sympathizes.
* New Books to Get My Greedy Hands On *
Books that I want to read this summer? Good grief, the list is ridiculously long. I feel a bit behind in all my reading because I have spent so much spare time knitting and stupid, pesky work takes up way too much time! I have a list for this read-a-thon by it is by no means all-encompassing – so here are the books I am itching to get my greedy hands on!
- The Shinning Girls by Lauren Beukes
- Joyland by Stephen King
- Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
- The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
- The Execution
of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel by Elizabeth L. Silver
- The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
** Click on the links to read a real review and summary of these amazing books on Amazon. This is not a marketing ploy, they’re just better at summarizing than I am! **
Congratulations, you have made it to the end of a post that was far too long! I cannot help it, something about talking/typing about books just prevents me from keeping it short and sweet. So, friends and neighbors, PLEASE share what books you want to read or think I should read…your suggestions are freaking priceless!
That’s an awesome cover for ‘It’ and I love the cover for Joyland, too. I can’t wait to get hold of a cover.
It’s good stuff, I found a bookstore who sells used books where local artists redo the covers – it’s amazing!
Wow, that’s such a cool idea. It must make the books expensive though?
A bit. If you take photos at the store and post them to Facebook with a link to the store and the artist page you get a discount…. Alas, I am still using a dumb phone – so no discount 😦
House of Leaves is brilliant. And a total mind-warper,
Joyland was fantastic, I could hardly put it down. And I love that your list “IT” and “The Stand” as your comfort food reading. (If you can’t tell I’m a major Stephen King fan…)
I live Stephen King, I snuck Pet Cemetery out of my brother’s room when I was 10 and read it in a tent outside ( he’s 6 years older than I am) and was hooked! Scared the crap out of me by the way! 😉
i’ve read so much about “the fault in our stars”.. seems like I must get it to read it too.. heehee.. and all John Green’s books.. 😀 I heard about ” the abundance of Katherine” which is quite a joy to read too.. lol.. emmm.. time to head to the bookshop soon..
The Fault In Our Stars is a must read! I haven’t read anything else he’s written yet (the library queue in in the triple digits) but I can’t wait!
I’ve got to read the Psychopath Test! Looks quite interesting!
It really is, I highly recommend it! 😉
Stephen King is my hero. 🙂
*CLAPPING* I know, right? Any favs? And if you like to listen to audiobooks, It is read by Steven Weber and it is incredible!!
Is that the newer book you’re talking about?
Gotcha!! Yes, this is most recent release since the eBook he and Joe Hill did together, In the Tall Grass- it was alright.